Skelwith Force from Elterwater is a 3.5 mile out and back trail located near Ambleside, Cumbria, England that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length3.5 miElevation gain659 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Anika Mounsey
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We did extended walk to the Colwith Force as well. Highly recommended, 4 kids and 2 dogs really enjoyed it

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Guy Nolan
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Nice walk but if everything

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Chris Rodger
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Kirk Shaw
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marta sikorska
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Katharine Moore
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Starting the walk from Elterwater and heading to Little Langdale tarn was a good choice. The views up to Langdale were stunning. The total walk length was great for 2 children aged 8 & 10. No difficult climbing but some lovely varied scenery en route. The walk from Skelwith back up to Elterwater can get busy. The Inn opposite the car park is a joy for parents & the river a joy for the kids to play in and soak tired feet.

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Peter Blundell
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Tried to go to black fell but pathway too muddy. Diverted to elterwater for nice return leg

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Jason Thompson
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started at Chester's by the river, and had a coffee and hot choc. We then headed up along the river to Elterwater. we had a drink in the Britannia inn then head back the same way. This was only a small walk yet a brilliant walk, with so much to see and explore. The kids absolutely loved it as did I.

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Fam. Hochapfel
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Follow the Great Langdale Beck from Elter Water at the left side to come to the lake Elter Water. After passing the lake the path goes along the river Brathey to Skelwith Bridge at Chester by the River. Half way there is a nice waterfall. Go through Skelwith Bridge to the road leading to Elter Water. There is a path over the pasturage bbringing you up the hill. The way is very nice with old trees along a stone hedge. You will reach a private property with cottages. After passing this, you have a fine view across the lake Loughrigg Tarn. When the path meets the road, turn to the right. So you can round the lake. On the oppsite site of the lake use the upper lane and look for the small path with the sighn to Loughrigg Fell. Following the small path you come through a forest of larches and you reach the road again. The road escalates to the National Trust Natural Garden. Cut crossing the park the trail comes to the road agein and you pass the property of a youth hostel. After a 15min walk at thr road you can already see Elter water down in the valley. There the loop ends.

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Rachael parsons
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Chris Thwaite
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Rachael Davies
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India Greenhalgh
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Doug Morton
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Anne Duncan
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Alister Laing
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James Busfield
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Karen Dann
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steve pugh
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Rikin Patel
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Jessica Duckworth
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Greg Stokes
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Stephen Harrison
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Sam Holmes
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Andrew Cantor
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Helen Ringer
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Tamsin W
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Rob McLaren
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Andy Pickles
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John Wallis
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